Center for Louisiana Studies Archival Catalog

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Live Performance by Warren Storm

Accession No.: 
BE2-017

Warren Storm - Drums and Vocals, Willie T. - Sax and Vocals, Lynn August - Piano and Vocals

-00:00 - "I'm Gonna Miss You"
-05:30 - "Let's Do the Twist"
-10:25 - "House of the Rising Sun"
-14:27 - "Mississippi Bullfrog"
-17:50 - "Sea of Love"
-22:40 - "Jalapeno Lena"
-27:20 - "You Could Make It"
-33:20 - "Jolie Blond"
-37:55 - "Seven Days"
-43:40 - "Please Forgive Me"

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Warren Storm; Swamp Pop; Music, Live Performance
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Warren Storm
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
46:44
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Warren Storm

Accession No.: 
BE2-018

Warren Storm:

-00:00 - Forming Lil Band of Gold - C.C. Adcock and Steve Riley talked Warren into joining a jam session
-02:20 - David Egan, Richard Comeau joining the jam
-03:20 - First Lil Band of Gold CD
-03:45 - List of gig locations;
-08:20 - Band members - Dave Ranson, David Greely, Kenny Bill Stinson;
-10:00 - Small talk
-12:00 - Talking about the song "I Don't Wanna Know;"
-12:30 - Discussing a recent concert;

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Swamp Pop; South Louisiana Music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Warren Storm
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
14:17
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Tommy McCalin with Warren Storm in the Background

Accession No.: 
BE2-019

Tommy McCalin:

-00:00 - Lil Bob and the Lollipops
-01:45 - Background information - Born in Jonesville, LA, grew up in Pineville
-02:30 - The Crystals, Early gigs in Baton Rouge
-03:50 - Meeting Jack Horner and the Flames, E & E Club in Alexandria
-04:50 - Birthday is 3/15/1940, Mentions that Warren Storm, Bobby Charles, Huey Meaux, Johnny Allan, Tommy are all Pisces
-05:30 - W.M. Smith - Clubowner who put The Roller Coasters to work. Tommy was playing with them at the time
-07:40 - The Roller Coasters split, Joining the Boogie Kings with Clint West
-08:20 - Leroy's Lounge in Alexandria
-09:10 - Recording and release of "Sweet Dreams"
-12:00 - Boogie Kings - issues within the band and eventual split
-14:00 - Joining Ray Brown Booking and hitting the road, Dick Clark Caravan of Stars
-16:00 - Tax Issues, popularity falling, drugs and money
-16:40 - "No Tomorrows Now"
-18:30 - Mule Train Band - Sheraton Town House gig and Hollywood connections, Movie with Paul Newman
-23:10 - Freddie Fender covering one of Tommy's songs; Touring with Freddie
-25:15 - Playing with his sons
-28:00 - Bad times and good times

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Tommy McClain
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
31:24
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Lazy Lester

Accession No.: 
BE2-020

Lazy Lester:

-Mid 1950s bands with John Jackson (guitar), Sonny Martin (piano and vocals), band name was Eddie Hudson and the Bossa Novas
-Lazy Lester utility man- 13 piece band with other band members were Charlie Adams, June Adams, Jack Charles King, Donald Bates.
-Gigs in high schools, bars, auditoriums
-White clubs loading in through back doors- staying on the band stand
-Johnny Allan
-studio musicians- Merton Thibodaux, Katie Webster, UJ Meaux, Carol Fran, Lionel Prevost, Warren Storm, Tal "Pop-P" Miller, Jockey Ettienne,
-Played Pink Corner Club (Hope and Harrop) and Blue Gardenia in Rayne with Guitar Gable.
-Band mates: Big John and Lazy Lester and the Rhythm Rockers
-eventually became the 13 Cases- could split into two bands and play high school dances while other group play "wine joints"
-John Jackson lost his eye in a bull dozer accident
-Baton Rouge to Rayne bus ride- met with Lightning Slim to record in Crowley
-Harmonica- recorded because he was hanging around the studio; Tuned Lightning Slim's guitar and recorded "Sugar Plum"
-Recording for Exello records; different records
-Big band
-Tours with Lonesome Sundown; Chicago, Cleveland, Rome, Georgia, Polka Dot Slim, Mr. Calhoun
-"Sunny Side of Love"
-tap dancing
-gigging with famous guys
-day jobs
-recording the blues
-blues records
-moving about
-book discrepancies
-touring Europe
-festivals

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
blues; swamp pop;
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Lazy Lester
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
46:58
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Lazy Lester

Accession No.: 
BE2-021

Lazy Lester:

-Lazy Lester played Jazz Fest four times
-Travels and tours
-Elvis and his travels; safety belt on a bed
-Money in writing books? writing books
-Harry Oster recordings
-"Smokey Babe" recording session at Saturday Dotson's house
-Scotlandville- Jenkins family musicians
-Band crash house in Crowley- Nappy Brown, etc.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz
Subject: 
blues; swamp pop
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Lazy Lester
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
7:49
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with "Big" Al Carson

Accession No.: 
BE2-022

"Big" Al Carson:

-History of playing at the Funky Pirate- eight years
-Steve Yoakim Dog Packs Maison de Bourbon- Dixieland band
-Spike Jones revival theater run six weeks Masonic Temple Cultural Center
-Born New Orlean- Alton Carlton 10/2/1953
-Mom church singer in gospel choirs
-Played trumpet- one of first music students at William O Rodgers elementary school - early 1960s walk to Phyllis Wheatly- music teacher Guy Leer
-Tuba from Junior High to College at Xavier
-Walter Payton taught private lessons- bass lessons at Xavier
-musical education- Booker T Washington High School orchestra- tuba player got to play ahead with older orchestras
-playing in the street- Doc Paulin band
-Xavier University band
-Sunday gigs
-Snap Bean Band
-overseas festivals
-Walter Payton's show
-Magnolia and Camellia Brass Bands
-R&B and blues
-Europe; the internet
-New Orleans Heartbreakers
-new C. D.s

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
blues; swamp pop
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
"Big" Al Carson
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
46:56
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with 'Big' Al Carson

Accession No.: 
BE2-023

"Big" Al Carson:

-Touring in US
-Discussion of discography- Magnolia Brass Band, The Heartbreakers, The Blues Masters featuring Al Carson-Live at the Funky Pirate
-Eagle Brass Band-tuba: Olympia Brass Band, Spirit of New Orleans Brass Band, Riverwalk Jazz Band
-plays Santa Clause at the Riverwalk 8 years
-Latest CD- "Take Your Drunk Ass Home"
-controversial photo
-Santa Clause
-movie and commercial work
-Funky Pirate gig

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
music; blues; swamp pop
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
"Big" Al Carson
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
16:56
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Clarence "Jockey" Etienne

Accession No.: 
BE2-024

Interview with George Khoury - recatalog
Clarence "Jockey" Etienne:

Clarence:
-born 11/22/1935 in St. Martinville
-bugle player at school- parade
-rode horse with his dad- that is why his nickname is 'Jockey'
-Victor Jordan- first band late 1940s
-JD Miller "Laka lai, Lakai Lai"
-met Guitar Gabriel added drums
-Joe Simon after Guitar Gabriel late 1950s
-local agent Charles Carter
-played Leo's Rendezvous- New Iberia
-toured with Solomon Burke after "He'll Have to Go"
-Bobby Powell
-Rodney and the All-Stars
-in 1976 joined Fernest Arceneaux and the Thunders until July 1989
-Blues Unlimited label
-Shelton Skerrett recording Fernest
-JJ Callier in the studio
-Bobby Price and Gene Morris recordings
-Creole Zydeco Farmers
-European tours: Germany, Holland (Festival in Utrecht), Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, 1991, 1993, 1994
-tour in states: Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City
-photos
-band mates
-new C.D.
-Jazz Fest
-Fernest
-Memphis

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Clarence "Jockey" Etienne
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Kenny "Tibbs" Thibodeaux

Accession No.: 
BE2-025

Kenny "Tibbs" Thibodeaux:

-0:00- Early love of music- singer as child- grandfather had orchestra- Big Band swing
-1:30- Full name Ken Thibodeaux
-2:00- born Youngsville 7/17/1942- moved to Lafayette
-2:30- first band; Alvin Dugas 1958 played guitars: Alvin and the Chipmunks- played bass- too young to drive
-4:00- Belvedere Club in Delcambre- played there 12 years
-6:00- Willie T played sax, Willie and the Jokers- Willie Trahan- Kenny played bass and sang; ten years- moved on to other bands: Jimmy Newman, Boogie Kings
-8:00- the sound;- six pieces tenor and alto sax, bass
-9:00- 1960 started covering soul, blues, South LA rock
-10:40- recording 1961 "I Promise" at JD Miller's studio for Charles Rutledge at Viking Records
-11:30- KVOL radio play led to local popularity
-13:30- controversy with songs and writers and distributors
-15:00- Viking Records owner
-16:00- "I'm Still Alone" and "The Worm"- Rod Bernard DJ at KVOL
-17:00- 7 Seas/Bayou Club, Forrest Club, Boundary Club - band before midnight then a band after: Warren Storm, Cookie and the Cupcakes
-18:30: CJ Broussard formed super band: Rhythm Masters: Pouchie Benoit (guitar), John Smith (sax), etc. lasted 8 or 9 months
-19:40- Pouchie Benoit and John Smith- played with Jokers one year- CJ Broussard call liquor board to stop gigs
-21:00- JD Miller warehouse
-21:30- Bobby Charles covers 1964 in Ville Platte with Solieau
-22:15: 1974 last recording "Little Girls Grow Up too Fast"
-23:30- played music as second job all along starting 1958, married 1963
-24:30- have to book in advance- no unions, verbal agreements to set price
-25:45: tough during oil bust

-25:45: small clubs around Lafayette: OST in Rayne on Saturday nights, River Club in Mermentau on Friday, Martinez Club in Morse 8:30-12:30 then two miles away
-1-5 Town and Country in Riceville (8-30-12:30 Cajun older crowd, 1-5), Leonville till 12:30 the Boo-Boo's 2-5 after Johnnie Allan

-27:30- Top End now 9-2 then to work at 7:30am
-28:30- Current band- Mike Leger (guitar), always The Jokers- after Willie T left, changed to Kenny and the Jokers
-29:45- 7 nights a week at Acadiana Motor Lounge (Fox Trap) in New Iberia; Cajun Wharf at hotel, replaced by hard rock crowd
-31:15- Now at Four Seasons in Lafayette- Top End for afternoon gigs
-32:30- new six nights a week gig while things are slow but hard to do with real jobs
-34:00- bar owner tries to control band song choices and timing- how to gauge dance crowd
-35:15- no jokes from stage- even though band is Jokers
-36:00- Carencro bar: Cajun Country: 1950s review with costume changes helped him become entertainer- not fun to watch people sit and stare at the band
-37:00- Benicewicz gigs; article soon
-39:00- Bobby Charles tried to take Memories book
-39:30-: Austin (band member with Johnnie Allan before)
-40:00- photo descriptions
-42:30 Roy Perkins- Riff Raffs, Tramps George Arceneux
-43:15- 3 Piece band- two guitar and drums
-45:30- shortening name- JD miller suggested "Tibbs" from Thibodeaux- full name Henry Kenneth Thibodeaux

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Kenny Tibbs
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
47:01
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Lynn August

Accession No.: 
BE2-026

Lynn August:

-0:00 - background information- born in Lafayette
-1:00 - blind from birth- parents supportive of music
-2:00 - early musical experiences- Mom bought piano records: Johnny Ace, Ray Charles, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino
-2:30 - family entertainer- sang and played harmonica
-3:00 - practiced drums on washtub while other kids played guitar
-3:45 - Dad managed kid band- got first gig when drummer wasn't able: sang 1958 song Willie West: "Did you have fun?"
-7:00 - joining a band- Buckwheat on keys, piano accordion in early band- nickname given
-7:30 - gigs- Dad managed band, Wednesday night in New Iberia until people caught on- then Saturday nights: "Little August"
-9:30 - 1959 Lafayette Club- piano players every night Rolling Dice (3 nights) and Fats Junior (3 nights)
-11:00 - Esquerita (Eskew Reeder)- special Friday night guest- something from outer space- had played New Orleans- started playing with Esquerita- Abbeville first, then New Orleans
learned funk from New Orleans records
-13:45 - Jay Nelson- 1961 to 1963 needed a temporary drummer- three piece horn section- New Orleans R&B
-15:30 - state school for the blind in Baton Rouge- boarding school- certain age to play music- Henry Butler was his roommate- quit at 8 years old
-18:00 - learned braille 1975/1976, later learned to read/write braille music and composition
-20:00 - formed band with Buckwheat in Lafayette
-20:30 - Eskew Reeder told him to play piano- said he got Little Richard on piano; wanted to play with foot pedals- Dad traded painting job for organ
-22:30 - 1965 bought Hammond B3, later Wurlitzer electric piano
-23:00 - weekend gigs, band having a tough time- approached to play for $300 a week for four nights @ 17 years old
-25:00 - St. Martinsville- Beano's Club; week nights slower, but weekends packed at $2 a head
-27:30 - had new car and a live-in chauffer
-28:00 - four piece band- every other Saturday at Slim's Y-Ki Ki
-28:30 - band drama; car and trailer vandalized and broke up the band 1970- started with drum machine
-29:00 - hotel gigs- six nights a week- 1976- stayed six weeks at a time in one place
-30:00 - 1976 gospel and choirs; popular and very busy- multiple churches and choir- correspondence courses to read
-31:15 - Lynn August Trio with female singer
-32:00 - JD Miller wanted more of a swamp pop sound- 1963 "Little Red Rooster" and "Let Them Talk" at La Louisiane, then at JD Miller's- session musician at Miller's
-35:00 - 1974 recorded record at Floyd Solieau's- "Sick and Tired" and "If You Love Me"- done with JD Miller
-36:30 - late 1977 rub board played with Marcel Dugas playing zydeco- could keep job at church- until 1979
-38:00 - 1979 back to work in lounges and more involved at church- until 1981-82 oil industry crashed
-39:00 - making a deal with the wife- help her through school and then he could do what he wanted
-40:00 - 1987-1989 six nights a week in small clubs / supper clubs
-41:45 - built studio in 1988 20 digital 4 analog tracks DAT tape
-43:30 - signed with Blacktop Records playing zydeco
-44:30 - 1988 "Party Time" on Maison de Soul Helping Morris Francis with a recording
-46:30 - singles

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Lynn August
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
48:00
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Lynn August

Accession No.: 
BE2-027

Lynn August:

-00:00 - Keyboard patches for sounds on zydeco recording
-01:00 - Bought piano accordion from Mark Savoy- $2200 and played day and night
-03:00 - difference in piano and accordion
-04:00 - picked up accordion at session jam and played that day
-04:30 - Clifton Chenier- preserve his sound- not impersonate
-05:00 - bought accordion June 1989 and October 1989 in Florida January 1990 already on tour playing accordion
-06:00 - recording zydeco album- September 1989
-07:00 - Recording at La Louisiane zydeco band;
-07:30 - The Big Shoot Out on Rounder Records recorded at El Sid O's 1991
-08:30 - Creole Cruiser on Blacktop Records with Rodney Bernard, George Porter, Sammy Brophette on keys, Selwin Cooper guitar, Carmen Jacob
-10:00 - Jure/Lala style acapella 1990
-12:00 - Tours: New York City, Boston, Chicago,
-13:00 - Eric Clapton, Johnny Winters, Stevie Ray Vaughn came to shows
-14:00 - Festival gigs
-15:00 - West coast tour coming up
-15:30 - 1991, 1992 European tours

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Lynn August
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
19:24
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Peter Thompson

Accession No.: 
BE2-028

Peter Thompson:

-00:00 - Background information
-00:30 - Born 4/24/1947, in Oxford, England- currently 46 years old
-01:00 - Musical influences from older brother's records (three years older)- Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, London/Decca labels
-02:15 - Guitar playing skiffle (guitar, washboard, tea chest string bass)
-03:00 - The Outcasts- had a hard time finding practice space: cheap acoustic, then Burns electric guitar
-04:00 - Played for school functions, then US Air Force bases Upper Heyford and Glouster. Introduction to the US on bases
-05:22 - playing bass in early sixties, covers, talent contest, etc.
-06:00 - Four piece rock band covering Chuck Berry, etc.
-07:00 - School functions and clubs
-07:30 - Manager had driving school and the band used his cars to move equipment- still as The Outcasts
-09:00 - Opened for The Big Three, Eric Delany Band, TV talent contest on "Ready, Steady, Go!" TV show, Screaming Lord Sutch
-10:30 - Band broke up, discovered blues around 1965
-11:30 - More interested in blues than Beatles pop
-12:00 - Marble Arch and Sue record labels for blues
-13:30 - Bought tape recorder and started recording and working on songs- fascinated with taping
-14:30 - Marriage at 20 or 21 in 1968/1969- met wife at a gig
-15:00 - Brother working in New Jersey, so they came over to see the US, stay with brother and see what happens
-17:00 - Visited Canada to stay legal- might stay a year- lived in Toronto a while
-18:37 - Acme Blues Band in Toronto- friend Brian Wickham (vocals and harmonica) who played lots of records for him
-20:15 - Ed's had deep record collection
-20:45 - Working in retail
-22:00 - Played smaller clubs in Toronto; Hawk's Nest, Le Coq d'Or
-24:00 - Mike Levine from Triumph, The Band rehearsed across from the shop in a club- got to know them
-26:00 - Moved back to England (1979) for a break, then started to set up a studio
-27:30 - Interested in Reggae, so went to the West Indies: Antigua, Jamaica, Trinidad-
-29:00 - Wife, Diana, cut hair to pay rent while he hung out with other musicians
-30:00 - Island transportation- airfare then
-31:00 - Grenada to England
-31:30 - Culture shock after time in Canada
-32:00 - Jamaican artist Jason Barnes was first to record- in Mad Professor's studio in Brixton- dub
-33:45 - Set up own studio in Redding 1984- basement of house is studio- 16 tracks
-35:30 - Recorded project with members of Status Quo, singer songwriters and local band demos
-38:00 - now working remixing
-40:30 - 1988 Jazz Festival New Orleans visit- someone told him about Floyd's Record store in Ville Platte bought Charles Mann- "Walk of Life"
-44:00 - Wrote to Lee Lavergne at Lanor Records about licensing and make an album of Charles Mann

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
England, Music, Rhythm and Blues, Dub, Swamp Pop, South Louisiana, Record Labels, Jazz Fest
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Peter Thompson
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
47:02
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Peter Thompson

Accession No.: 
BE2-029

Peter Thompson speaks about the start of Zane Records

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Peter Thompson
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
27:10
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Lee Lavergne

Accession No.: 
BE2-030

Lee Lavergne:

-00:55 - Background information, Born Dec 10, 1932
-01:40 - Early exposure to Cajun Music - Amedé Ardoin, Joe Falcon, Aldus Roger, Nathan Abshire
-02:50 - Eddie Shuler - Iry LeJeune recordings. He also made one recording in Houston
-03:35 - Radio programs - Nathan Abshire was on the radio every Thursday afternoon
-04:10 - Lee always had an interest in music, but never played much
-04:35 - Sold seeds to buy his first guitar
-05:30 - Talks to another person (unknown) in the room. He played with Lawrence Walker
-06:30 - Johnnie Allan leaving Lawrence Walker's band and taking several members
-07:15 - Lee says he really liked Nathan Abshire and Hank Williams
-08:30 - Lee leaving for the service - changes in the music while he was gone
-09:00 - Good Rockin' Bob - Camille Bob, Cookie and the Cupcakes
-10:00 - Racial issues at live music shows back in the 50s and 60s
-10:55 - Lanor Records started in 1960. Lee talks about recording music, first reel to reel tape machine
-12:10 - Used Floyd Soileau's, J.D. Miller's, Cosimo Matassa's, Huey Meaux's studios
-13:00 - Lee says it was tough to get good session musicians
-13:40 - First releases - Shirly and Alphée Bergeron, Elton Anderson
-15:30 - Goldband's release of Sugar Bee - others trying to release French Rock 'n Roll records
-16:30 - Talking about various musicians - Duke Stevens, Elton Anderson
-19:30 - King Karl / Guitar Gable songs - "This Should Go On Forever," "Irene"
-21:00 - Lee started his own studio in 1982
-21:25 - Charles "Drifting Charles" Tyler, Lloyd Renault, Classie Ballou; Elton Anderson
-24:25 - Phil Phillips
-26:15 - Classic Ballou release circa 1980
-27:10 - Robbie Robinson
-28:45 - Maw-Maw Theriot - In Angola
-29:25 - Charles Mann - Talking about first recordings and musical style
-35:15 - Jim Olivier

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Record Label
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Lee Lavergne
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
38:41
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Camille Bob

Accession No.: 
BE2-031

Camille Bob:

-00:30 - Other musicians in family - Second cousin to Clifton Chenier
-01:30 - Background information - born in Arnaudville, Started his band in 1958
-03:10 "Take it Easy, Katie" and "Little One" - Recording he made for Eddie Shuler. Katie Webster played piano
-05:00 - Lil Bob and the Lollipops; bands and members - Morris Francis
-06:30 - Recordings - Went from Goldband, to La Louisianne, to Jin
-07:10 - "I Got Loaded;" - Writer credits
-10:30 - Hits for Jin -"I Don't Wanna Cry"
-11:25 - Band Personnel - John Perrodin, Morris Francis
-12:45 - Driftwood Lounge - Northgate Mall
-14:00 - Played Zydeco tunes occasionally
-14:30 - Acadiana Studio - Studio Camille was trying to start with some other musicians
-15:30 - Talking about his name
-17:30 - Hairspray - Movie that Larry provided music for
-18:50 - Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. - played in Camille's band for 4 years

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Camille Bob
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
22:06
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Guitar Gable

Accession No.: 
BE2-032

Guitar Gable:

-00:05 - Working with Camille Bob "Lil Bob"
-00:40 - Back in the business - First show at Festival International in 1995 with C.C. Adcock, Rod Bernard, King Karl
-02:00 - Gigs - Swampwaters in Lafayette, Tiffany's in Opelousas, Washington Campground, Paul's Playhouse in Sunset
-03:30 - Situation with an impostor in Lafayette
-04:40 - Background information - Father played accordion and harmonica, speaks French
-06:10 - Learning to play guitar - Talks about his first Gene Autry guitar
-07:00 - Family members who play music
-08:10 - House parties
-09:20 - First professional gigs - Had to have a guardian to play at clubs when he was young
-12:00 - Joining with Bernard Jolivette "King Karl"
-14:50 - Guitar Gable and the Swingmasters
-15:45 - Forming his own band - Guitar Gable and The Musical Kings featuring King Karl
-17:25 - Clarence "Jockey" Etienne - Making the "Congo Mambo" beat
-18:15 - Recording for Eddie Shuler and J.D. Miller
-21:00 - Producers getting songwriting credits for songs other people wrote
-22:45 - Clarence "Jockey" Etienne
-24:00 - Vidrine Studio
-24:55 - Moonlight Inn, Evangeline Club, Southern Club, Youth Center in Eunice, Clover Club
-27:00 - Studio musician for J.D. Miller
-27:50 - Hits that he had
-28:40 - Contract with J. D. Miller; Sales for "This Should Go On Forever," continued discussions about issues with J.D. Miller
-33:45 - Playing with Lil Bob
-35:00 - Adjusting to changes in music when he came out of the army
-37:45 - Racism problems and playing white clubs
-39:45 - The Outcasts - Band with some school band directors - reading music
-41:30 - Stopped playing in the 1980s
-46:45 - Rod Bernard - "This Should Go On Forever"
-50:50 - Musicians in the family

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues, French
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Guitar Gable
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
52:09
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Isaac "Big Ike" Martin; Interview with Mel Melton

Accession No.: 
BE2-033

"Big Ike" Martin and Mel Melton:

"Big Ike" Martin:

-00:00 - Background information
-01:00 - Early exposure to music - Aunts were singers at church
-01:45 - Talent show that he won in school
-02:55 - The Episodes, changing name of the band to Lake City Show Band in 1976 - repertoire
-05:00 - Opening for bigger acts - Aretha Franklin, Bobby Blue Bland
-05:45 - Clubs they played at - Paul's Auditorium, Jones' Flying Fox
-06:45 - White clubs
-07:30 - Only sang, never played instruments in his bands
-08:00 - Recordings made with the Lake City Show Band
-09:30 - J.D. and Mark Miller - Mastertrak Studio and Label
-17:20 - Playing casino shows
-19:30 - Magic City Club, The In Crowd Club
-25:00 - Eddie Shuler
-27:00 - Playing Zydeco music - Cacean Ballou, Classie's daughter, plays accordion for Isaac
-27:40 - Plaisance Zydeco Festival - Not being booked for the Festival
-28:15 - Playing with Wayne Toups
-29:20 - Band Lineup - Cacean Ballou, Joe Orsot, Shelton Dixon
-32:20 - Artists he's backed - Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Taylor, Benny Wright, Buddy East

Mel Melton:

-34:05 - Another interview starts - Unknown person, possibly Mel Melton
-34:38 - Playing for Zachary Richard
-35:00 - Playing in Colorado when Zachary Richard wasn't working
-37:30 - Having trouble learning to play the accordion, sticking with playing the harmonica
-40:00 - Reaction to original material
-41:00 - Quitting "Bayou Rhythm" after getting married
-44:45 - Retiring in Chicago
-47:00 - Returning to playing music
-50:00 - Talking about his new band and new release

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Coverage Spatial: 
Lake Charles, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
52:09
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Guitar Gable

Accession No.: 
BE2-034

Guitar Gable:

-00:00 - Background information - Born in Belleview
-00:45 - Musicians in the family - Father played accordion, several of his brothers played. Oliver and Charles played fiddle
-04:45 - Started to play professionally at 16
-11:15 - Recording for J.D. Miller - "Congo Mambo," "Irene"
-11:55 - King Karl
-12:30 - Royalities "Life Problem," "This Should Go On Forever"
-15:10 - Left J.D. Miller in 1960, Joined the army
-16:00 - British invasion
-16:40 - Playing with The Directors from 1971-1975 and Lil Bob and the Lollipops from 1976-1980; The Outcasts
-20:00 - Clubs he played with Lil Bob - Evangeline Club, Southern Club, Roof Garden, Signorelli's
-24:15 - Military service

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Guitar Gable
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
26:39
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Louisiana Hot Stuff Radio Show with Buddy King

Accession No.: 
BE2-035

Louisiana Hot Stuff Radio Show with Buddy King:

***All songs are edited into short fragments***

-00:00 - Clifton Chenier - "We're Gonna Party." Live at the 1984 San Francisco Blues Festival
-02:45 - Interview with C.J. Chenier about Clifton - "Bow Legged Woman"
-04:30 - Irma Thomas - "Break Away"
-05:25 - Charles Mann - "Red, Red Wine"
-06:30 - Wayne Toups - "Sweet Jolene"
-08:15 - Zachary Richard - "Zydeco Party"
-10:00 - Mamou - "Jolie Blonde"
-11:50 - Cookie and the Cupcakes - "Matilda"
-13:05 - Beausoleil - "Colinda"
-14:18 - Rod Bernard - "Colinda"
-16:20 - Clarence "Frogman" Henry - "You Gonna Need Somebody Someday"
-17:28 - Buckwheat Zydeco - "Hot Tamale Baby"
-18:58 - Boozoo Chavis - "La butte de chiens"
-21:00 - Uncle Ned's Joke
-22:00 - Professor Longhair

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Swamp Pop Music, Rhythm and Blues, Cajun, Zydeco
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
24:06
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Hammond Scott

Accession No.: 
BE2-036

Hammond Scott:

-00:00 - Background information - Born in Alexandria, May 1950
-01:40 - Talks about clubs that had good music scenes going - Shep's in Mansura, Pelican Club in Marksville, Purple Peacock
-02:45 - His siblings had alot of records at home when he was growing up. A friends' dad had a Jukebox company, so they would get used records
-03:45 - Always had blues records around while growing up
-05:40 - Buddy King - Broke Tommy McClain'
-06:15 - Parents didn't have any musical background
-07:20 - How he became involved with recording music
-09:00 - Older blues musicians reemerging, collecting old records
-11:25 - Booking and traveling with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
-18:00 - Recording; producing; mixing
-21:30 - Most important thing a producer can do is get the best performance from the band and have a good engineer in the control room
-24:00 - Band chemistry in the studio
-26:30 - Changes in how he mixes records
-28:45 - Working as a graphic designer
-30:00 - Work after Gatemouth with the D.A. and going back to law school. Starting Blacktop Records while in law school
-34:30 - Rounder Records became their distributor
-34:45 - Artists recorded for Blacktop - Johnny Reno, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ronnie Earl. Discovering other blues bands
-43:00 - Big Jesse Yawn

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music; Rhyth and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Hammond Scott
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
47.10
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
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Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Hammond Scott

Accession No.: 
BE2-037

Hammond Scott:

-00:10 - Maison de Soul, Black Top Records
-01:30 - Mentions that marketing singles is difficult
-02:45 - Lists projects recorded - 50 records
-05:25 - working for D.A.'s office while recording
-07:00 - Blacktop and Rounder Records
-07:15 - Overseas distribution; Demon/Blacktop Records
-08:30 - Had a backlog of unfinished records due to work. Decided to quit D.A. office and work at Blacktop full-time
-11:00 - Working with other labels - Alligator and Rounder, competition. He thinks that too many records are being released
-15:00 - Continued discussion about the market being saturated
-18:30 - Talking about sessions that happen at the studio - recording, mixing projects
-19:15 - Nathan and Sid Williams - Nathan being tied down to playing El Sid O's every Friday

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, LArry
Subject: 
Music; Blues; Record Labels, South Louisiana
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Hammond Scott
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
24:33
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Willie Tee Turbinton

Accession No.: 
BE2-038

Willie Tee Turbinton:

-00:30 - background information - Feb 6, 1944 in New Orleans. His dad was a jazz saxophonist
-01:20 - Lived on Saratoga Street - Professor Longhair lived around the corner, also near the Blue Eagle Club
-03:00 - His brother, Earl, inspired him to start playing piano. Started at 3 years old
-03:45 - Harold Battiste was his 7th grade music teacher - Harold talked to Willie's mother about playing and recording with them
-04:45 - First record - "Always Accused" "All For One." Made it with Harold Battiste
-05:20 - Origin of the name "Willie Tee"
-06:50 - Solomon Spencer - Band Director who took him and Aaron and Art Neville to play at Lincoln Beach
-09:45 - First band they had as kids - Ervin Charles, Earl Turbinton, Henry Mitchell - The Seminoles
-12:00 - Playing gigs as kids
-13:00 - Influences - Eddie Bo, Tommy Ridgely, Gene Allison
-14:30 - Growing a following after his first record
-16:00 - Jazz influences - McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver
-17:00 - Writing songs
-18:15 - Mardi Gras Indian group that lived near Willie - their influences in his music
-18:45 - Nola Records - Wardell Quezergue
-20:20 - Recording at Cosimo's studio
-22:00 - Signing with Queen Booking out of New York
-22:20 - Apollo Theatre
-22:30 - Backup band with Gene Chandler, Patti LaBelle, Barbera Mason
-26:20 - Cannonball Adderley - Produced Willie and his band
-26:40 - Al Hirt's club on Bourbon Street, Ivanhoe Club
-30:30 - George Davis, David Lee, George French, Earl Turbinton
-32:40 - Released 4 singles for Capital
-35:30 - Gatur Records; Willie T. and the Gators
-39:20 - Barclay Records - Wild Magnolias Album - "Smoke My Peace Pipe"
-42:00 - Says they were the first to put music behind Mardi Gras chants
-46:35 - Clyde Fox

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Rhythm and Blues, Clubs, Jazz, Mardi Gras
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Willie Tee Turbinton
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
47:08
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
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Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Willie Tee Turbinton

Accession No.: 
BE2-039

Wille Tee Turbinton:

-01:00 - Playing more solo hotel gigs and focusing on writing
-02:00 - The Weather Report - "Can it be Done" by Carl Anderson
-03:25 - Touring Europe with the Wild Magnolias - Natives, Cannes, Monte Carlos
-08:45 - NOLA record label
-10:15 - Writing songs for other artists. Wild Magnolia's hits "A New Suit," "Smoke My Peace Pipe," They Call Us Wild"
-13:50 - Wrote singles for Margie Joseph
-15:00 - Playing Newport Folk Fest, Talking about his association with Quint Davis
-17:00 - Rounder compilation C.D.
-20:00 - Mentions that he's a full-time musician, Luther Kent album
-23:15 - Movie score projects;

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Louisiana, Music, Rhythm and Blues, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Willie Tee Turbinton
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
33:55
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
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Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Roy Carrier

Accession No.: 
BE2-040

Roy Carrier:

-01:15 - background information - born in Church Point
-02:00 - learning to play the guitar when he was 16, influences
-03:20 - KVPI Radio out of Ville Platte
-04:00 - Starting to play professional gigs
-04:45 - switching to accordion, liked Rockin' Dopsie and Clifton Chenier
-08:00 - First recordings - with Lee Lavergne
-11:00 - Talking about Chubby Carrier
-12:50 - Oilfield work, drilling and roughnecking
-14:15 - Touring and playing festivals
-17:00 - Band mates - Raymond Randall, Chubby, Calvin Sam (Sam Brothers 5), David Edmond, Jimmy Sherell

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Creole,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Roy Carrier
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
20:51
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Herman Guiee (Herman Guidry)

Accession No.: 
BE2-041

Herman Guiee (Herman Guidry):

-00:00 - background information - From Lake Charles, family and stage names
-01:10 - musicians in the family - Brothers and Father played music. His dad played and made fiddles
-02:45 - His brother, Calvin Guidry, played with Clifton Chenier; Lil Buck Senegal
-04:30 - Started learning accordion two years ago
-05:00 - Playing guitar and slide trombone with Katie Webster, says that she inspired his playing
-07:55 - Big Ike and the Episodes - played R&B
-09:00 - First recording with Eddie Shuler with "The Young Generation"
-10:50 - Herman's own first band - Cold Love (circa '76)
-11:50 - Magic - "I'm Loving You and You're Loving Him"
-14:45 - Working with Boozoo Chavis and Lil Buck Senegal
-17:45 - playing in various Zydeco bands - Leo Thomas, Lawrence Ardoin, Rockin' Sidney, C.J. Chenier
-22:00 - Recordings he's made with Goldband - The Freeze and Harlem Shuffle
-25:25 - Played on some of Jo-El Sonnier's old recordings when they were remixed
-26:35 - Playing music is his job - freelances and focusses on his recording career; Eddie Shuler; Albums and singles

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Herman Guiee (Herman Guidry)
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
31:49
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Jockey Etienne

Accession No.: 
BE2-042

Jockey Etienne:

-00:00 - background information - Born in Saint Martinville
-00:45 - Exposure to music at school
-01:25 - Explains his nickname
-03:00 - Early session with J.D. Miller
-04:00 - playing with Guitar Gable
-04:45 - Joe Simon, Leo's Rendez-vous
-06:10 - Touring with Solomon Burke
-07:30 - Working with Bobby Powell
-09:10 - Furnest and the Thunders - Furnest's injury
-10:40 - Playing with Shelton Skerrett, J.J. Callier, Bobby Price, Gene Morris
-13:15 - Forming of the Creole Zydeco Farmers
-13:45 - European tours - Germany, Holland, France, Luxembourg
-16:45 - Creole Zydeco Farmers members - Morris Francis; Chester Chevalier, Joe Richard, Murphy Richard
-22:40 - Going overseas with Furnest Arceneaux
-24:10 - Steve Nails - Dockside Studios
-25:20 - Jazz Fest
-27:10 - Sullivan Club in Memphis

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, French, Zydeco, Swamp Pop,
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Jockey Etienne
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
27:48
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
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Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Johnnie Allan

Accession No.: 
BE2-043

Johnnie Allan:

-00:15 - Popularity of Swamp Pop in Europe
-02:30 - Background information - Falcon and Guillot; Joe Falcon's dad came directly from Spain and learned how to speak French
-05:30 - Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys - played with them when he was 13 in 1951
-05:50 - Rodney Miller's son, Timmy, plays sax with Johnnie
-06:45 - Played rhythm guitar, switched to drums, then to steel guitar when playing with Walter
-09:00 - State of South LA music business in the 70s
-10:50 - Putting together the "Memories" book - meeting old musician acquaintances
-14:50 - Jimmy Donley
-16:25 - Playing drums and steel guitar with Lawrence Walker - sang 5 or 6 songs a night
-16:50 - Rock 'n Roll influences - Fats Domino and Elvis Presley
-20:15 - Parting ways with Lawrence and starting to play rock 'n roll music - Krazy Kats with U.J. Meaux, Al Foreman
-22:10 - Al Foreman working as a session musician
-22:30 - Beuhl Hoffpauer's death
-24:30 - Writing of "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights;" Recording with Floyd Soileau for Flat Town
-24:50 - Rhythm Kings
-28:00 - recording and record sales; Bill Hall, signing over writers credits for songs
-30:30 - "Dego" Rutledge - Viking Label - songs were never registered and Johnnie never received royalties; collecting on songs
-35:50 - Switching to Jin
-39:00 - Johnnie's musical roots, defining swamp pop

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Swamp Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Cajun, French
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Johnnie Allan
Recording date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 1988
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
44:07
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
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Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Bobby Charles

Accession No.: 
BE2-044

Bobby Charles:

-02:00 - First record in 1955 - meeting with Phil Chess, thought Bobby would be black
-05:00 - How Bobby hooked up with Chess Records - Charles Rutledge, Dego's Record Shop
-06:00 - First band - Harry Simoneaux
-07:15 - Recording "See You Later, Alligator" with Paul Gayten in New Orleans
-10:40 - Left Chess in the late 50's, went to Imperial Records
-11:30 - Clarence "Frogman" Henry recording Bobby Charles songs
-14:00 - Owned only a third of many of the songs that became hits for Fats Domino and others
-14:55 - Structure of his songs - comes naturally, doesn't focus on making a song sound a certain way
-15:50 - Stan Lewis
-21:00 - Tennessee Blues
-22:00 - Didn't trust record execs that he was working with. Talks about being taken advantage of
-26:30 - Discussing the rumor that Bobby is a hermit
-29:45 - Discussing Clifton Chenier
-34:00 - Discussing Rockin' Dopsie and how he proclaimed himself "The King of Zydeco" after Clifton passed away
-35:35 - Chuck Berry - Said Bobby Charles was booed off of the stage at the Apollo, when that never happened. Bobby said he had him confused with somebody else

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Record Labels, Swamp Pop, New Orleans
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Bobby Charles
Coverage Spatial: 
Abbeville, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
39:23
Cataloged Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Benny Spellman

Accession No.: 
BE2-045

Benny Spellman:

-00:10 - Singing solo parts in mass
-01:00 - background information - Father died when he was a baby, Mother had a large record collection and a hi-fi system, which influenced his musical tastes
-03:20 - Left Saint Josephs High School to play football. Had to get the bishop's permission to transfer to Booker T. Washington high school
-04:10- Received scholarships to play football at Southern University in Baton Rouge
-08:00 - Winning the freshman talent show and being given a job with the collegiate swing band with Alvin Baptiste
-10:15 - "white" music influences - orchestration, learned a lot from listening to music scores from old Western movies
-11:30 - Classical music - Visiting the Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall as a child in New York City
-13:00 - Learning to play piano
-13:55 - Describing his voice - bass baritone
-15:30 - Was in the ROTC and drafted into the Army, served until 1961
-19:00 - Minit Records
-19:15 - mother's death in 1958, wrote "Life is too Short"
-21:45 - First recording of that song - Allen Toussaint wrote his first string orchestration for the studio session
-26:45 - Gigging at the Dew Drop, Biloxi, Thibodeaux
-27:55 - Backing musicians
-31:50 - Benny and Irma Thomas used many of the same studio musicians
-32:30 - Tommy Ridgely opening the door for Irma
-33:45 - Allen Toussaint - Was a catalyst for many of the New Orleans musicians of that era. Knew how to get the most out of them
-34:30 - Esquerita - Benny says he was a great entertainer, talks about how he influenced others
-37:00 - Percy Stovall
-37:40 - "Life is Too Short" on the Minit Label; Allan Toussant
-39:10 - Joe Baltimore
-40:20 - Allen Toussaint was in demand as a producer
-42:00 - Other releases

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Benny Spellman
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
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Duration: 
52:13
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
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16 bit
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44.1k
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Interview with Benny Spellman

Accession No.: 
BE2-046

Benny Spellman:

-00:20 - Royalties - Has never received royalties from record sales
-02:30 - Made most of his money playing shows - Would play several shows per night
-05:30 - "Word Game" record sales
-12:00 - Working for Anheuser Busch
-15:00 - Talking about his kids
-19:30 - Didn't like being on the road away from his family
-25:30 - spiritual awakening; ministry; quitting Anheuser Busch
-39:00 - Spiritual side of music
-42:15 - Power of words

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Benny Spellman
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
47:24
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Barbara George

Accession No.: 
BE2-047

Barbara George:

-00:30 - background information - Born in Gilbert, LA on 09/26/1941
-01:50 - Started singing in church
-02:40 - Studied music in school
-03:20 - Started out singing with Walter "Wolfman" Washington
-04:10 - Sitting in with different bands at Club Tijuana, Dewdrop Inn - Hotspots for New Orleans musicians (circa 1959)
-05:45 - Senator Jones - was a talent scout
-06:25 - Harold Baptiste first brought her into the studio - A.F.O Records
-07:30 - WMRY "Groovy Gus" Lewis - Pushed and promoted her first record
-10:45 - Dick Clark - American Bandstand and other caravan type shows
-12:00 - Wrote all of her early songs, talks about her new album
-13:00 - Recorded her new album with Milton Baptiste, discussing her current band
-21:00 - Giving up music, moving to Florida and becoming a teacher
-22:00 - Moving back to New Orleans in 1985 - starting to perform again
-22:30 - "Take Me Somewhere Tonight;" "I've Got My Guard Up"
-24:00 - Discussing her new album
-24:30 - Played at the Lions Den with Irma Thomas during the Jazz Fest. Also plays Maple Leaf, Tipitina's
-25:20 - TV Special with Eddie Bo
-28:00 - Discussing booking agents, press materials
-35:00 - Looking at and discussing pictures
-40:00 - Jazz Fest - Two Live Crew being invited to perform - Alienating local acts

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Blues, New Orleans
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Barbara George
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
54:38
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
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Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Clarence "Frogman" Henry

Accession No.: 
BE2-048

Clarence "Frogman" Henry:

-00:50 - Glory days of New Orleans Music, British Invasion
-01:30 - Bob Astor - Connections to the Beatles (touring with them in 1964)
-02:45 - Herb Holiday - DJ in New Orleans
-04:25 - dad's musical talent - played guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano
-04:55 - Sister took piano lessons, Clarence continued lessons when she quit
-08:10 - "Nothing Sweet as You"
-09:00 - Talking about early gigs
-11:30 - "Ain't Got No Home"
-13:20 - Leonard Chess, Bobby Charles
-14:50 - Poppa Stoppa Breaking "Ain't Got No Home"
-15:20 - Cosimo Matassa
-17:00 - Touring - clubs in other states, used house bands
-19:20 - breaking Fats record - Apollo Theatre
-22:00 - recording with Allan Toussaint
-22:30 - Joe Barry - "I'm a Fool To Care"
-23:30 - Recording a Bobby Charles tune
-27:00 - Dick Clark tour; Party with The Rolling Stones
-27:30 - Nationwide tour with the Beatles - 18 cities
-30:15 - Parrot Records
-33:30 - Playing on Bourbon Street 3 or 4 sets/night from 1959-1980
-39:50 - Huey Meaux; Bear Family
-42:00 - World Tours - England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand
-43:30 - Not currently under contract with any labels, supports himself with music
-44:00 - gigging, talking about his current band mates

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Louisiana, Music, Rhythm and Blues
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Frogman Henry
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
47:22
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Returned to donor

Interview with Senator Nolan Jones - Part 1

Accession No.: 
BE2-049

Senator Nolan Jones:

-00:00 - Background information - Born in Jackson, MS on November 9, 1934
-01:15 - His Mom was a gospel singer. Sang with Mahalia Jackson
-02:10 - Heard his favorite songs on the Ice cream parlor juke box - Louis Jordan, Cap Calloway, T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown
-04:15 - Moved to New Orleans in 1947. That's where he really got into music
-04:45 - Met Allan Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis, Guitar Slim
-07:15 - Enterred armed services in 1955
-07:45 - Joined a band, The Desperados, while in the army - played service club gigs
-11:50 - Dew Drop Inn
-13:20 - Late 1950s - Would hand-pick his musicians and play in the Lower 9th Ward - Billy's Night Club,The Amusement Palace
-14:50 - Band members - Earl King, Johnny Adams, Aaron Neville
-16:15 - Went to Chicago around 1965. Worked with Junior Wells, Wilbur "Hi-Fi" White
-17:25 - Songs recorded during the early part of his career
-20:50 - Recording hiatus around 1967-68
-22:00 - Working at Club 77 - Was the entertainment booker - Booked artists like Etta James, Joe Tex, Lil Milton
-23:50 - Producing and recording on his own label, Shag Records - The Barons
-25:50 - Working at Cosimo Matassa's studio
-27:40 - JB's records - Johnny Adams, James Rivers
-29:55 - SuperDome Records, Jinmark Label
-32:25 - Hep Me Records - artists recorded

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Mississippi, New Orleans, Music, Rhythm and Blues, Clubs
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Senator Nolan Jones
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
38:53
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Senator Jones - Part 2

Accession No.: 
BE2-050

Senator Nolan Jones:

-00:00 - Finding talent - Cadillac George Harris, Pat Brown
-00:35 - Talking about George Jackson's songwriting and recording him
-04:10 - George Jackson writing for Atlantic, Warner Brothers, Maleco
-04:45 - Hep Me label- New numbering system
-06:00 - National distribution
-07:50 - new artist potential - Eddie Raspberry
-10:15 - Releasing old recordings

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Senator Jones
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
12:07
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Beau Jocque

Accession No.: 
BE2-051

Beau Jocque:

-00:00 - Background information - Born in Basile, LA 11/1/1957. His father played music but stopped after he got married
-01:35 - Influenced by Gustave "Bud" Ardoin (Morris Ardoin's brother), was killed in a car accident
-02:40 - "Bud" Ardoin learned to play the accordion from Nathan Abshire - Talking about Nathan's junkyard
-04:00 - Other instruments played in high school - tenor sax and tuba
-05:00 - Bud encouraged him to play the accordion
-05:40 - Sunday afternoon community dances at Morris Ardoin's place
-08:00 - Plays a B flat diatonic accordion
-08:45 - Hearing his father play the accordion for the first time
-10:00 - Had a band with Warren Ceasar in high school
-11:30 - Mastering the instrument
-12:45 - Boozoo Chavis and John Delafose - hottest bands at the time
-13:45 - Injury from work at the refinery - unable to walk for 9 months
-14:55 - Recording for Lee Lavergne "Pop That Coochie"
-16:15 - Hip Hop influence in his music
-17:25 - Plaisance Zydeco Festival; Hamilton Club
-18:50 - Festival International
-20:15 - Six-piece band

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Zydeco, Creole, Music
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
22:50
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Donnie Jennings

Accession No.: 
BE2-052

Donnie Jennings:

-00:20 - Background information - Born and raised in Opelousas
-00:35 - musical influences - His brother, Terry Jennings. Started learning to play drums at age 5
-01:30 - Parents and other siblings also played music - would all play songs together
-02:20 - Instruments played in school - trombone and drums
-03:00 - First band with other kids, age 8, making money playing gigs
-04:30 - Early band names - The Young Revolution, Toast to Freedom
-05:30 - Going door to door and playing songs for neighbors
-08:00 - Starting to play guitar
-09:50 - Playing 6 nights per week, quitting high school
-10:40 - Making a living playing music
-11:50 - Hacienda Lounge - Carencro
-13:00 - Going to Nashville - recording his first 45 for Indigo Records. Hargus "Pig" Robin
-15:00 - Bad record deals
-17:00 - Playing keyboards with a Christian rock band "Wisdom" on tour
-18:50 - Playing bass with Terrence Simeon - Blue Bayou Movie
-21:20 - Left Terrence's band, wanted to play more guitar
-22:00 - Forming a new band - Donnie Jennings and Louisiana's Blues at Eleven
-23:00 - Touring with Chubby Carrier
-24:50 - Sherman Robinson, Joe Murphy

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana Music, Blues, Zydeco
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Donnie Jennings
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
35:39
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Johnny Vincent

Accession No.: 
BE2-053

Johnny Vincent:

-00:10 - background information - Born on 10/3/1925 in Laurel, Mississippi
-01:10 - Got his start in the jukebox business
-01:50 - Went work for a regional record distributor in New Orleans - William B. Allen Supply (late 40s)
-03:40 - Buying a jukebox business and then started taking over small labels
-06:30 - Griffin Distributing
-07:55 - Types of records he was selling for Allen Supply
-09:30 - Popularity of jukeboxes at black locations
-12:00 - Talking about going on the road when distributing records, seeing live shows and starting to sign musicians to record
-14:35 - Artists signed - Frankie Lee Sims, Guitar Slim, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke
-15:45 - Being let go from Specialty Records and starting Ace
-18:00 - Producing Lloyd Price
-20:50 - Talking about signing Guitar Slim
-23:35 - Started Ace around 1953 - Eddie Bo recorded at Cosimo's on Rampart
-26:00 - Sonny Boy Williams, Earl King, Huey Smith, Frankie Lee Sims
-29:10 - Rex Records - Cosimo Matassa - Mickey Gilley, Dr. John were on Rex
-31:55 - Jimmy Clanton
-33:50 - Regrouping after having money issues
-35:10 - British Invasion - effects on New Orleans music
-36:40 - Frankie Ford - "Cheatin' Woman"
-38:50 - Let go from VeeJay Records
-41:00 - Memphis Records; Talking about his building that was once the headquarters for Ace
-45:45 - Lost all of his masters
-45:00 - Cliff Thomas

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Louisiana, Music, New Orleans, Record Business, Rhythm and Blues, Soul
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Johnny Vincent
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Duration: 
48:04
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Johnny Vincent

Accession No.: 
BE2-054

Johnny Vincent:

-00:00 - Johnny says he's optimistic for the future
-01:20 - Says he's done it all - Had a distributing company, Pressing plants, recording studios, etc. Had #1 Blues, Country, Pop records
-04:00 - Talking about overseas distribution - Zane Records - Peter Thomson

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
South Lousiana, Music, Record Labels
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Johnny Vincent
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
7:49
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Rosco Chenier

Accession No.: 
BE2-055

Rosco Chenier:

00:30 - Talks about musicians in the family; Learning from them; His father, Arthur "Bud" Chenier, played accordion
-Played at house dances; Duke Stevens father, John Stevens, played fiddle with Arthur; Mention Lanor records in Church Point

02:00 - Duke Stevens was on Rosco's early recording
02:30 - Larry tells a story of meeting John Hart's backing band at a truck stop
03:35 - Talk more about John Stevens and Bud Chenier playing french music; Music was in the family
04:45 - Larry says Roy Carrier might take Duke to London with him

05:20 - There wasn't much black music on the radio back then
-A lot of his songs came from Good Rockin' Bob, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Slim, Leroy Washington (His first cousin, his mom's nephew)

06:00 - All of those people recorded with J.D. Miller; Leroy died pretty young; He played with Good Rockin' Bob in Leesville Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
-He died on a Saturday night; Lil Bob was playing with Good Rockin' Bob back then; Rosco was born in 1941; He started as a singer

07:50 - Started playing with Rockin' C.D. when he was 15 in the mid-1950s; The record came out in about 1962; This was his first real band

09:10 - White Eagle Club in Opelousas - Little Richard, Ray Charles, B.B. King played there; Southern Club - Fats Domino played there; Guitar Slim
-Rosco was too young to go to the clubs; The man who ran the club, Bradford, told him he could stand there but not dance
-White Eagle (Blanchard St. - it was known as "the Hill") was a black club and Southern Club (Highway 190) was a white club

11:40 - Not as many clubs as there used to be; Rita's Continental Lounge in Opelousas
-He's been gigging on Sundays at the Charcoal Lounge in the Hill on Academy, which was owned by a man named Mason who owned hotels
-Rosco plays Franks every Thursday night; Bob's pub in Lafayette

13:00 - He hasn't had to call for a gig in two months; Turning down jobs; Did a workshop at Festival Acadien with Lil Buck, John Henry, and a few others
-Talk about Baton Rouge; Tabby's Blues Box; Rosco wants an agent to book some tours
-Larry has been started to book zydeco up north; Murphy's mother is cousins with Rosco's dad and is related to C.D. too

16:40 - J.J. Caillier record; Rosco started learning guitar to gut bucket blues; Popular back then in the area until mid-1960s
-He started playing guitar on the bandstand around 1964; He played with C.D. for 12 years

20:00 - Blues in competition with zydeco; He mostly plays at white clubs (Franks); White kids are getting into blues; Not as popular with black kids

22:50 - Talk about his band; Early 1970s; Said Clifton Chenier would play zydeco and people would laugh, but he kept playing
-Rosco wouldn't change his style for the audience; He knows at least 350 songs

25:15 - He was a teenager when he started playing guitar; His mom bought him a Kay guitar for $21; His first electric guitar was $57 ($5 a month)
27:20 - He retired from playing with C.D. 5 years ago; He was a truck driver for almost 20 years and has some back and leg injuries; So started playing music full-time

29:00 - After C.D.'s band, he played with Good Rockin' Thomas for a year and a half; After that, Good Rockin' Bob; Sometimes with Lonesome Sundown
-C.D. started being a DJ; Rosco played with C.D.'s brother Robert's band for a year; Then played with Duke Stevens for about 3 years (about 1979-1980)

31:00 - Now he plays with his own band: Wadsworth Johnson - tenor sax, Patrick Lavergne - bass, Peter Burby? - drums; Blue Angel club in Lafayette

33:00 - Talk about the old clubs he played with C.D.; Lafayette clubs: Chipped Mirror, Bon Temps Rouler, Cliff's Country Club
-Opelousas clubs: Gabriel's Lounge, Hollywood Inn Club, Southern Lounge; Frank Andrus' Bar and Lounge in Port Barre; Teenage parties, school dances

34:35 - His band started in 1980; Played for 3-4 years; Original band members started moving, so he replaced them

36:45 - Recorded a single on ?; Then recorded a single on his own label called Chenier about 6 years ago; 500 pressings; A side: You Don't Understand
-Recorded it in Eunice and Floyd Soileau pressed it; Then recorded CD in Vidrine Label; Avenue Jazz label picked him up and he's recording a new CD at Vidrine studio

41:10 - Touring overseas; Explains how he got booked overseas
43:15 - Talk about Raymond Randle and his family
45:20 - Talk more about booking
46:40 - Audio cuts out

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Blues; R&B
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Rosco Chenier
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
59:47
Cataloged Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

Interview with Rosco Chenier

Accession No.: 
BE2-056

Rosco Chernier:

-0:00 - Lester Chevalier
-0:20 - Lil Bob, Tommy McClain, Rod Bernard
-1:35 - Swamp pop;
-3:00 - Rosco talks about upcoming gigs; Says gigs have been steady the past few months; He wants to travel more
-4:00 - Larry says he'll help out with booking; Larry helps Lazy Lester with booking somtimes; Lazy Lester moved to Michigan where Lightnin' Slim used to live
-5:30 - Talk about playing festivals - Festival Acadien, Baton Rouge Blues Festival
-6:00 - Talks about some gigs in Port Arthur

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Benicewicz, Larry
Subject: 
Music; Zydeco; Creole; Blues; R&B; Swamp Pop
Creator: 
Larry Benicewicz
Informants: 
Rosco Chenier
Publisher: 
Larry Benicewicz
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
00:08:16
Cataloged Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Digitized Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--90
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
Center for Louisiana Studies

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